You’re standing on the winner’s podium with an Olympic gold medal around your neck and listening to your national anthem. It’s the moment every young athlete dreams of. For synchro diver Chris Mears, 23, the Rio 2016 dream moment was nothing short of a miracle. Only seven years previously, in January 2009, Chris’ father Paul was at his son’s hospital bedside praying that he could defy the 5% chance he’d been given of surviving a serious illness.
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